Well I didn’t write for quite a while, but I just had this epiphany which helped me overcome quite a bothersome feeling.
You see, I had a test today. It was a fair test (which is quite uncommon in my university). I knew I could ace it, and frankly I had plenty of time.
My handwriting is awful so I wrote it all on a draft, and then had to copy it over to the test sheet itself.
It took me about an hour and a half. This was unexpected, I barely had time to finish the test and was extremely anxious the whole time. This also led to this rather frustrating mistake. I solved a problem (quite nicely too) and forgot to copy it from the draft to the test paper.
I actually finished the exam pretty happy, until a few hours later that thought suddenly came to my mind, I missed it, lost points, for nothing (and quite a few).
Some people might agree that it’s rather frustrating, especially considering the test was fair, however it’s not really such a big deal, is it?
So I spent pretty much the rest of the day thinking about it, needless to say it pretty much ruined my day.
But I had this epiphany about an hour ago. We do need to look at the big picture, like stocks. If you invest in stocks you know you should never check how you’re doing daily. Why? because there are fluctuations. So it is in life.
There are fluctuations, and we do seem to concentrate more on the downward spike than on the general trend.
But this is just it! Look at the trend people! I quit school because I felt I wasn’t made to study such complicated math. But I decided to return, and endured (not very successfully, but still) a horrible semester most people failed.
This test still went better than the tests last semester. I busted my ass and learned more about how to learn. The trend is definitely upwards, even if I’m currently at the downward spike.
This is how you should look at life in general. What matters is your journey.
What matters is the trend, not the minutiae. Keep that in mind, and you’ll be on your way to success. And remember, you might see someone having a great time now, but he might just be in a small upward spike, destined to a downward trend.
So make sure your trend is positive, that it turns upwards.
All those spikes are just bumps in the road.
As long as you don’t give up, you’re on your way to success!